At the corner of Law Street and High Holborn Street in Kingston Central, Irele Bromfield, caters to early bird Election Day workers at her stall. The 53 year-old braved the anticipated tension to sell ripe bananas, biscuit and other items. “I’ve been out here from 6 o’clock this morning. I am not afraid,” she said, while standing beside her stall in the community of South Side. “I want Andrew fi win cause he’s better for the young people and better for me,” she added.
LEICESTER, England (AP): After a fourth successive 1-0 victory sent Leicester into a seven-point lead, some giddy fans started to unfurl Premier League “champions” scarves in the King Power Stadium. Although there are still six games remaining after yesterday’s gritty win over Southampton, celebrations are already under way in this unassuming central England town. When you’ve experienced the roller-coaster of emotions endured by followers of Leicester, it is little wonder they can’t wait for the unlikeliest of Premier League title parties next month. Exactly a year ago, Leicester braced for relegation while stranded seven points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League. The standings yesterday showed Leicester seven points clear at the right end, looking down on north London teams Tottenham and Arsenal, and Manchester rivals City and United. “We must stay with our feet on the ground because … all the matches are very, very tough, very difficult,” said the former Chelsea manager, whose target for the season was simply avoiding relegation. “We believe in what we’re doing. We believe it’s a magical season. We believe next season it will not be the same.” For now Ranieri is focused on securing Champions League qualification with a top-four finish. That seems a certainty for the first time in Leicester history with Manchester City 15 points behind in fourth place and 21 points to play for. Manchester United, English football’s most successful club with 20 championship crowns, remains 16 points adrift of Leicester in fifth place after beating Everton 1-0 in yesterday’s other game. After a 10th goalless first half in 15 league matches at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial lifted the atmosphere by scoring from United’s first shot on target in the 54th minute. The France forward turned in Tim Fosu-Mensah’s cross from close range. “Today was not our best form because I think we were not fresh enough,” United manager Louis van Gaal said. It was a day to forget for Everton, which remains 12th and was booed off by their own fans. “We are a club that there has been a bit of a change of generation,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. “A lot of players have come in, but incredible young talent needs know-how and lessons and to develop. “The frustration we all have is we can see the quality we have in our squad and we can’t really gain some sort of momentum.” – AP GREAT ESCAPE TOUGH MATCHES Leicester captain Wes Morgan secured yesterday’s victory with his first goal of the season on the eve of the first anniversary of the start of the great escape. It was the April 4, 2015 triumph over West Ham that sparked a startling resurgence. Six of the final nine games of last season were won as Leicester not only beat the drop, but gained the confidence that has been carried into this season. April 4 is also the birthday of the Thai retail tycoon who has owned Leicester for six years and will surely be the first chairman in the club’s 132-year history to lift the English top-flight trophy in May. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was serenaded by his players yesterday with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” greeting his pre-match arrival in the dressing room. Outside the stadium, fans were treated to free beer and doughnuts by him – adding to the joyful atmosphere. But like so often in recent weeks it was a nervy 90 minutes on the pitch as Leicester ground out another slender win and top-scorer Jamie Vardy went a sixth game for his club without scoring. Leicester defender Danny Simpson had a lucky escape when his raised right arm blocked a shot in the penalty area and no spot kick was awarded. Compounding the grievances for Southampton, the seventh-place team fell behind in the 38th minute when Morgan met Christian Fuchs’ cross to net with a powerful header. “I’ve been getting a lot of stick because I haven’t scored all season,” said the defender, who battled through a cold to play. “The boys, to keep them quiet, to shush them up is fantastic.” The mission for manager Claudio Ranieri now is to quieten all the title-talk.
LONDON (AP):Leicester are one victory from becoming one of the unlikeliest champions in English football history a year after nearly being relegated from the Premier League.The path to the trophy became clearer yesterday after closest challengers Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion, giving Leicester a seven-point lead with three games remaining.Tottenham went ahead through a messy own goal in the 33rd minute. Craig Dawson tried to stop Jan Vertonghen getting on the end of Eriksen’s free kick but instead managed to move the ball over the line with his stomach while on the ground.The equaliser came in the 73rd minute when Gardner whipped in a corner and Dawson climbed above Eric Dier to power a header into the right net this time.Leicester’s first chance to seal the first top flight title in their 132-year history comes on Sunday at the home of record 20-time champions Manchester United.Even if Leicester fail to win at Old Trafford, manager Claudio Ranieri can be handed the title if his former club, Chelsea, beat Tottenham next Monday.Leicester would have to wait until the final day of the season to receive the trophy when they play at deposed champions Chelsea, who are 29 points adrift in ninth place.Ranieri’s team of bargain signings and even castoffs is on course to become the first maiden title-winner since Nottingham Forest in 1978 by completing the greatest transformation of a team in the post-1992 Premier League era.Although Spurs look set to miss out on a first title since 1961, they are close to qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in six years with their highest finish since 1963.”We are very young and we need to use this experience for the next few seasons,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said
Host country Haiti blanked defending champions Jamaica 2-0 in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-20 finals on Friday evening.The first half saw high energy and good skill from both teams, but it was Haiti who would strike in the 19th minute from Batcheba Louis, whose close-range conversion changed the momentum of the match.Haiti dominated possession for the rest of the half and created many chances to double their lead. Jamaica, playing without star player Khadija Shaw, who is injured, would defend and maintain their organisation to keep the score at 1-0 at half-time.The second half belonged to the Haitian women, who, after a great build-up from the midfield, saw Captain Kensia Destinvil fire a left-foot shot into the top left corner, making it 2-0 for the hosts.Earlier, Trinidad and Tobago defeated Puerto Rico 2-1 in a penalty shoot-out.Puerto Rico went ahead in the 6th minute when Andriana Font scored from the penalty spot. Trinidad and Tobago equalised in the 24th minute and it was 1-1 after regulation and extra time. Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will now advance to the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship which will be hosted by Honduras from December 3-13.
Calabar High School’s Class Two athlete, Christopher Taylor, showed that he is on target for another terrific season next year. Competing on the newly laid track at G.C. Foster College at the Tyler Mills Track and Field Meeting last Saturday, he sped to a 21.33-second clocking in the 200m, the fastest time of the day in the half-lap. His schoolmate, Tyreke Wilson, won his heat in 22.59 seconds for the second fastest time in Class Two, with St Jago High’s Anthony Cox third overall in 22.75. With several top schools on show, Calabar, St Jago and Jamaica College put on a good show. St Jago’s boys had good results with Colin Sewell leading the way in Class One with a 48.09-second run. His teammate, Sean Bailey, finished second overall in 49.06, with Greater Portmore’s Terry Thomas closing out the top three in 49.76. Daniel Chambers was the best in Class Three, winning the 200-400m double. In the 200m, he stopped the clock at 22.91 seconds, with his teammate, Treomario Edwards (23.98) and Calabar’s Horatio Craig second and third, respectively, overall in 24.01. Chambers won the 400m in 52.99 seconds, as Munro College’s Devontee Heywood was second in 53.72 seconds and St Elizabeth Technical High School’s Warren Henlon third in 55.02. There were also successes for St Jago High’s Shamar Barnes (21.90) in the Class One 200m and his teammate, Sewell, second best with 21.95. Third was Daniel Bogle of Calabar with 22.52. EXCELLING ON THE FIELD Jamaica College athletes did very well in the field events. Former Ascot High thrower, Vashon McCarthy, led the way in the Class One shot put with 17.40m, relegating the Calabar duo of Caesar Kemp (16.84m) and Warren Barrett (16.40,) to second and third, respectively. Travis Robinson gave JC success in the Class Two shot put with a 13.26m heave, getting the better of Munro’s Fabian Powell (12.95m) and Joseph Smith (12.51m). Calabar finished one-two in the Class One discus, as Basil Bingham won with 49.39m, getting the better of Barrett (45.58m). Jamaica College’s Douglas Cyrus was third with 44.25m. Among the females, Vere Technical’s Brittney Anderson stole the show. She claimed a Class Three double, with 5.92m in the long jump and 24.97 in the 200m. Devia Brown of Hydel High won the Class One discus with 44.68m, getting the better of UWI’s Isheka Binns (43.25m) and Mishka Dacosta (29.45m).
The Government of Jamaica has contributed US $150,000 (Approx. Ja$18.7 million) towards the staging of the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix track and field athletics meet at the National Stadium on Saturday, June 11. The presentation was made at the Ministry of Sports, Entertainment, Culture and Youth located in New Kingston yesterday afternoon. Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, disclosed that the contribution was being made through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). “The Government will be supportive of the JN Racers meet and will be making a significant contribution. The amount is US $150,000. It may not be enough at this time, but the sponsorship was made available through the SDF and Jamaica Tourist Board,” Minister Grange said. She stated that the acceptance of the meet by the IAAF means a lot to Jamaica. “We have proved that we are at centre stage in track and field. We staged a meet in May and now there is another that is also approved by the IAAF,” she added. Glen Mills, president of the Racers Track Club, expressed gratitude to the government for the contribution. “On behalf of Racers Track Club, I express gratitude. To get two meets of quality approved by the IAAF is testimony of our greatness as a country,” Mills said. “We want to look at ways for the meet to be a sports tourism product,” he added. Also speaking at yesterday’s press briefing was Jason Hall, deputy director of tourism. “A meet like this certainly put us on the map. We welcome it whole heartedly,” Hall said. The contribution comes hot on the heels of a $30 million donation by title sponsors, Jamaica National and US$110,000 (Approx. Ja $13.7 million) from by Digicel.
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson is poised for gold in today’s final of the women’s 50 metres breaststroke at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada.Atkinson has the fastest time going into the medal round after she won her semi-final in 29.09 seconds. Americans Lilly King, 29.17, and Molly Hannis (29.88) have the second and third fastest times respectively.In first-round action, Atkinson also had the fastest time as she won her heat in 29.48 seconds. Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen was next best with 29.71, while American King did 29.84.Dominic Walter (400m freestyle) and Keanan Dols (100m backstroke) did not advance past the preliminaries in their events. Walter was 61st overall in 4:03.16. The fastest qualifier was Marcus Kroyer of Denmark with 3:48.20.In the men’s 100m backstroke Dols finished 43rd overall in the heats with 55.39 seconds. China’s Jiayu Xu was the fastest semi-final qualifier with 50.21 seconds.
LONDON (AP):Still to clear up the ambiguity over last weekend’s absence from the Chelsea team, Diego Costa did his talking on the pitch yesterday.Costa marked his return to the side for his 100th Chelsea appearance by scoring the opener in a 2-0 victory over Hull that sent the Premier League leaders eight points clear.After netting his 52nd Chelsea goal from close range at the end of the first half, the league’s joint-top scorer alluded to all the speculation surrounding his Chelsea future by performing a chatter gesture with his hands while celebrating.Publicly, Chelsea said Costa missed last Saturday’s game at Leicester due to a back injury. What manager Antonio Conte did not dispute was that the striker was dropped over a dispute with the coaching staff amid suggestions of a big-money offer from China.”It’s important Diego played a good game,” Conte said. “I hope with this game to finish the speculation about him, about Chelsea, about me and him. We showed we are a team with great unity.”FREE KICKCosta’s 15th goal of the campaign came in the seventh minute of stoppage time, the result of a lengthy delay after a clash of heads between Chelsea captain Gary Cahill and Ryan Mason which led to the Hull midfielder being carried off on a stretcher as oxygen was administered before being taken to the hospital.Cahill was able to remain on the field and he headed in Chelsea’s second in the 81st minute after getting on the end of a free kick from Cesc Fabregas.While Hull are next from bottom in the standings after a ninth straight away loss, Chelsea opened up an eight-point advantage over Arsenal.It was a fiery end to a game that witnessed two penalties in stoppage time and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pushing the fourth official.Arsenal went into additional time leading through Shkodran Mustafi’s header but with 10 men after Granit Xhaka was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Steven Defour in the 66th minute.Wenger’s heated confrontation with the fourth official came as he tried to watch the rest of the game from near the tunnel after being sent off.That came as Andre Gray looked to have snatched a point when he netted from the spot after substitute Francis Coquelin tripped Ashley Barnes. Wenger’s mood was lifted in the seventh minute of stoppage time when Arsenal was awarded a penalty for Ben Mee’s high foot challenge on Laurent Koscielny.
The following is Part I of an article by columnist Tony Becca on great performances at Sabina Park. The venue will host its 50th Test this weekend. Part II will be published tomorrow. The late, great English cricket writer Sir Neville Cardus, thinking that England’s Herbert Sutcliffe was about to hang up his bat at the end of the game, wrote during the fifth Test against Australia at The Oval in 1926 that “The Oval is not usually a beautiful place, but in the evening’s slanting sunshine it was like a gracious home in which Hobbs was saying farewell to Sutcliffe, his armour-bearer for many years.” Had Cardus been to the West Indies, any time between 1930 and now, and he had been honest enough, he would have written similar lines about Sabina Park. “Sabina”, as it is called, is not a beautiful place, at least not in comparison to the concrete and steel magnificence of Edgbaston or Old Trafford in England, to Delhi or to the Wankhede Stadium in India, to Adelaide or to the MCG in Australia, and to Newlands or to the Wanderers in South Africa, and certainly it cannot be compared to the graceful beauty of the Eden Gardens in India or to the serene almost reverence beauty of Lord’s in England. Sabina Park, however, like the Oval in England, is home to many of cricket’s greatest deeds, performed by many of cricket’s greatest players, against many of cricket’s finest players, and on a pitch once so hard and shiny that it glistened at times in the day’s sunlight like a mirror. Starting in 1930, Sabina Park has hosted 49 Test matches with the coming Test match, between the West Indies and Pakistan, making it number 50. And despite the bottle-throwing problems of 1968, 1978, and 1989, and the abandoned Test of 1998, “Sabina” has served up some delightful and memorable cricket from England’s towering 849 in the first innings of the first Test in 1930 and the world’s first triple century, 325, by Andy Sandham, through to the six centuries served up in the 1953 battle between the West Indies, three, and India, three, to the seven centuries of 1955 between Australia, five in one the innings (the only time in the history of Test cricket), and the West Indies, two, to the West Indies surprising fight-back led by a splendid 137 not out by Roston Case to save the last Test match played against India in 2016. And after Valentine’s five came that of Esmond Kentish, whose bowling was “super fine” when he took five for 49 against England in 1954 in his second and last Test match, Trevor Bailey, seven for 34 in 1954, Wes Hall, seven for 69 against England in 1960, Hall, five for 49 against India in1962, Lester King, five for 46 against India in 1962, and John Snow, seven for 49 in 1968. Michael Holding, five for 56 against England in 1981, Andy Roberts, five for 39 against India in 1983, Courtney Walsh, six for 62 against India in 1989, Corey Collymore, seven for 57 against Sri Lanka in 2003, Steve Harmison, seven for 12 in 2004, Collymore, seven for 78 against Pakistan in 2005, Anil Kumble, six for 78 in 2006, and Jerome Taylor, five for 11 against England in 2009. SUPERFINE MANY GREAT INNINGS And in between, and apart from the many unforgettable contests, there have been some great innings by some of the world’s greatest batsmen. Of the 94 centuries, including 13 double centuries, and two triple centuries, that have been scored there, and although I never saw any before 1953 and never saw Sandham’s 325, nor George Headley’s 223, nor his 270 not out, who can forget Garry Sobers’ world record 365 not out and Conrad Hunte’s 260 run out in their mammoth partnership of 446 for the second wicket against Pakistan in 1958, or his text book performance of 113 not out on a devilish pitch against England in 1968? Other performances, whose technical skill and brilliance were fit for an audience of kings and queens, governor generals and prime ministers, included Frank Worrell’s 237 against India in 1953, Len Hutton’s masterpiece of 205 in 1954, Neil Harvey’s magnificent 204 in 1955, DilipSardesai’s 212 in 1971, Rohan Kanhai’s superb 158 not out against India in 1971, Lawrence Rowe’s brilliant 214 and 100 not out in 1972, Dennis Amiss’ wonderful 262 not out for England in 1974, David Gower’s impressive 154 not out in 1981, and Brain Lara’s amazing and match-winning 213 against Australia in 1999. And of the great bowling returns per innings, those that will be remembered, and forever cherished, include the first five-wicket haul by O.C. “Tommy” Scott, 80.2 overs, 266 runs, and five wickets in 1930, Hines Johnson’s five for 41 and five for 55 against England in 1948, and Alfred Valentine’s five for 64 against Indian in 1953.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return An obvious reason for Blatche’s reluctance, according to one of the sources, is the peace and order situation in Beirut, the Lebanese capital where the games will be held.Reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort and TNT KaTropa’s Jayson Castro are considered shoo-ins for the Asian Championship squad.The PBA had agreed a few days ago to go “all in” for Gilas as Reyes now has a free hand to assemble the best team possible in a tournament where Australia and New Zealand will play in for the first time after Fiba had merged the Asia and Oceania regions.Meanwhile, Reyes and the rest of the Gilas team that finished fourth in the Jones Cup in Taipei planed in home on Monday morning and the coach is set to have a meeting with the SBP leadership and his assistant coaches to be able to finalize the lineup.As of now, Fiba already has a 24-man list – Blatche and Standhardinger included – forwarded by the SBP a few weeks back, and from there, Gilas’ final roster will come.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Standhardinger is scheduled to play in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug, 20 together with some members of the Jones Cup team led by amateurs Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Raymar Jose and Kobe Paras.Baser Amer, who is playing with Meralco, and Troy Rosario, a mainstay of TNT KaTropa, will join Ravena and Co. as they try to win the Philippines’ 18th cage gold medal in Malaysia.Considering the SEAG lineup, Reyes will have just 15 men to choose from for the Fiba Asia team, meaning he would need to just cut three men, one of them being the off-form Mac Belo, the top pick in the last PBA Draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This, despite the SBP reportedly being forced to bite the bullet, so to speak, with Blatche commanding a very high price to again play for the country.Blatche has been Gilas’ naturalized player since the 2014 World Cup in Spain where he helped the Filipinos win their first game – an overtime thriller over Senegal – in the classification phase in over 40 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The SBP had the rest of Monday and the morning of Tuesday to convince Blatche and his handlers as Reyes has to beat the deadline, otherwise, the cage body could be forced to tap Christian Standhardinger in the place of the former Brooklyn Net in the NBA.Should this happen, the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger would be playing two events in three weeks as he would also be suiting up in the Southeast Asian Games a week later. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Andray Blatche. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChot Reyes will submit his 12-man roster to Fiba Asia by 12 noon on Tuesday, and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is cramming to convince Andray Blatche to sign up as the former NBA star has been reluctant in joining the team in the Aug, 8-20 regional showcase in Lebanon.Two different sources told the Inquirer that Blatche has yet to get on board even with just over two weeks left before the country tries to win the Asian Championship for the first time in 44 years with a team backstopped by the best talents in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets